Where to Go: Mel­bourne’s mar­vel­lous at­trac­tions

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n ARTS CEN­TRE MEL­BOURNE. Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne is the flag­ship of both Mel­bourne and Aus­tralia’s per­form­ing arts, and is the fo­cal point of Mel­bourne’s vi­brant cul­tural precinct. Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne show­cases the best of both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional acts, rang­ing from the­atre, live mu­sic, opera and more.

100 St Kilda Road, Mel­bourne. 1300 182 183. arts­cen­tremel­bourne.com.au

n CITY CIR­CLE TRAM. This free tram ser­vice of­fers a good in­tro­duc­tion to the heart of Mel­bourne’s busi­ness dis­trict, tak­ing in many of the city’s at­trac­tions. A recorded mes­sage on the early-model trams ex­plains the sites you are pass­ing, along with a lit­tle of their his­tory. The ser­vice runs in both di­rec­tions ev­ery 12 min­utes.

Sun–wed 10am–6pm, Thu–sat 10am–9pm. yarra­trams.com.au

n DI­A­LOGUE IN THE DARK. Di­a­logue in the Dark™ is an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in to­tal dark­ness through which, led by guides who are blind or have low vi­sion, guests in­ter­act and com­mu­ni­cate re­ly­ing solely on their other senses. Vis­i­tors to the ex­pe­ri­ence lose the sense they rely on the most—their vi­sion— as they touch, feel, hear and ex­plore the unseen and learn to “see” in com­plete dark­ness while dis­cov­er­ing an iconic Mel­bourne like never be­fore. A global phe­nom­e­non in over 41 coun­tries.

Har­bour Town, Level 1, 29–31 Star Cres­cent, Dock­lands, Mel­bourne. Tue–sun. 1300 411 881. di­a­logueinthedark.com.au

n EUREKA SKYDECK 88. Awe-in­spir­ing views are on of­fer at Eureka Skydeck 88 from the high­est view­ing plat­form in the south­ern hemi­sphere at Mel­bourne’s iconic Eureka Tower. Two ded­i­cated lifts pro­pel vis­i­tors to Level 88 in un­der 40 sec­onds. Here you’ll find the world’s only Edge Ex­pe­ri­ence— a switch­able glass cube which slides out from the build­ing of­fer­ing amaz­ing views down be­low.

7 River­side Quay, South­bank. Daily 10am–10pm (last en­try 9.30pm). Adults $20, con­ces­sions $15.50, chil­dren (4–16 years) $11.50 and fam­ily (two adults and two chil­dren) $46. Ad­di­tional charges for the Edge. 9693 8888. eu­rekasky­deck.com.au

n FED­ER­A­TION SQUARE. Home to ma­jor cul­tural at­trac­tions, world-class events, tourism ex­pe­ri­ences and an ex­cep­tional ar­ray of restau­rants, bars and spe­cial­ity stores, Fed­er­a­tion Square is the heart and soul of Mel­bourne.

Cnr Swanston and Flin­ders Streets, Mel­bourne. 9655 1900. fed­square.com

n MEL­BOURNE STAR. Ex­pe­ri­ence Mel­bourne in a whole new way, lo­cated in the city’s wa­ter­front precinct of Dock­lands, the Mel­bourne Star pro­vides a unique in­tro­duc­tion to the city, with all its colour, cul­ture and ec­cen­tric­i­ties. Day or night, you’ll feel on top of the world as the Star glides on its gen­tle arc through the sky.

Ground Floor, 101 Wa­ter­front Way, Dock­lands. Daily from 11am–10pm, with last ad­mis­sion at 9.30pm. Adults $36, con­ces­sions $28, chil­dren (un­der 4 years) free, chil­dren (5–15 years) $22 and fam­ily (two adults and two chil­dren) $90. 8688 9688. mel­bournes­tar.com

n MEL­BOURNE ZOO. Set on 22 hectares close to the heart of the city, the Mel­bourne Zoo has more than 320 wildlife species from Aus­tralia and around the world. The Aus­tralian Bush ex­hibit show­cases Aus­tralia’s wildlife. There are free Meet the Keeper talks daily be­tween 10.30am–3.30pm.

El­liott Av­enue, Parkville. Daily 9am–5pm. Adults $36, chil­dren (4–15 years) $18 or free (on week­ends, Vic­to­rian pub­lic hol­i­days and Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment school hol­i­days), chil­dren (un­der 4 years) free and fam­ily (two adults and two chil­dren) $91. 9285 9300. zoo. org.au/mel­bourne

n SEA LIFE MEL­BOURNE AQUAR­IUM. Home to thou­sands of aquatic an­i­mals, SEA LIFE Mel­bourne Aquar­ium is an en­ter­tain­ing and ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence with 12 amaz­ing zones of dis­cov­ery, in­clud­ing in­ter­ac­tive an­i­mal en­coun­ters and iconic state of the art dis­plays. Vis­i­tors can wit­ness daily dive feeds, or even dive with the sharks in the 2.2 mil­lion-litre Ocea­narium.

Cnr King and Flin­ders Streets, Mel­bourne. Daily 9.30am–6pm (last en­try 5pm). Adults $42, con­ces­sions $32.50, chil­dren (4–15 years) $28, chil­dren (un­der 4 years) free and fam­ily (two adults and two chil­dren) $99. 1800 026 576. mel­bourneaquar­ium.com.au

n STARWARD DIS­TILLERY. David Vi­tale, Starward Dis­tillery’s founder, started off with a sim­ple vi­sion; cre­ate a uniquely Aus­tralian whisky Mel­bourne can of­fer the world with pride. Born and bred in Mel­bourne, he was in­spired to cre­ate a spirit that re­flects his home town—from its cul­ture to its famed ‘four sea­sons in a day’ tem­per­a­ture swings. Visit the dis­tillery where bold Aus­tralian red wine bar­rels el­e­men­tally ma­ture Aus­tralia’s best sin­gle malt whisky. Tours, master­classes and an in­no­va­tive list of cock­tails are avail­able Fri­day to Sun­day.

50 Ber­tie Street, Port Mel­bourne. Fri–sat 12pm–10pm, Sun 12pm–8pm. 9005 4420. starward.com.au

n SKYDIVE AUS­TRALIA. Sky­div­ing Mel­bourne doesn’t get any more thrilling. Ex­pe­ri­ence the ul­ti­mate adrenalin rush tan­dem sky­div­ing from the St Kilda drop zone, the clos­est sky­div­ing cen­tre to Mel­bourne CBD. Exit the plane from up to 14,000 feet for an in­sane 60 sec­onds of life-chang­ing freefall. Float un­der canopy for five to seven min­utes and en­joy the 360-de­gree views of Mel­bourne and Port Phillip Bay.

1300 663 634. skydive.com.au

THE NA­TIONAL OPAL COL­LEC­TION.

Part show­room, part mu­seum, The Na­tional Opal Col­lec­tion in Mel­bourne shows how opals came to be formed over mil­lions of years and how they are mined to­day. Opals are Aus­tralia’s nat­u­ral gem­stone, and are recog­nised as uniquely Aus­tralian in char­ac­ter. There is a huge ar­ray of ex­quis­ite opals and opal jew­ellery for sale in the spec­tac­u­lar show­room.

Level 1, 119 Swanston Street, Mel­bourne. Free ad­mis­sion. 9662 3524. na­tion­alopal.com

chil­dren (un­der 6 years) free and fam­ily (two adults and up to three chil­dren) $26. 9662 2888. chi­ne­se­mu­seum.com.au

■ COOKS’ COT­TAGE. Orig­i­nally built in York­shire, Eng­land in 1755, Cooks’ Cot­tage was built and owned by the par­ents of Cap­tain James Cook, the ex­plorer cred­ited with ‘dis­cov­er­ing’ Aus­tralia. The cot­tage, shipped to Aus­tralia in 1934, was en­tirely re­con­structed in Mel­bourne.

Fitzroy Gar­dens, Welling­ton Pa­rade, East Mel­bourne. Daily 9am–5pm. Adults $6.50, se­niors/stu­dents $5, chil­dren (5–15 years) $3.50 and fam­ily (two adults and two chil­dren) $18. 9658 9658. thatsmelbourne.com.au

■ HEL­LENIC MU­SEUM. De­voted to the com­mem­o­ra­tion, un­der­stand­ing, and preser­va­tion of the artis­tic and cul­tural her­itage of an­cient and mod­ern Greece, the Hel­lenic Mu­seum brings his­tory to life with an ex­ten­sive per­ma­nent col­lec­tion, dy­namic con­tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions and a high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram.

280 Wil­liam Street, Mel­bourne. Tue–sun 10am–4pm. 8615 9016. hel­lenic.org.au

■ IM­MI­GRA­TION MU­SEUM. This liv­ing cul­tural cen­tre ex­plores Aus­tralia’s im­mi­gra­tion his­tory, from the 1800s to the present day. Pro­vid­ing a global and per­sonal in­sight into the mi­grant ex­pe­ri­ence, the Mu­seum en­gages both thoughts and emo­tions, while con­tribut­ing to a greater un­der­stand­ing of Aus­tralia’s cul­tural di­ver­sity.

400 Flin­ders Street, Mel­bourne. Daily 10am–5pm. Adults $14, con­ces­sions and chil­dren (up to 16 years) free. Ad­di­tional charges may ap­ply for spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions. 13 11 02. mu­se­umvic­to­ria.com.au/ im­mi­gra­tion­mu­seum

■ MEL­BOURNE MU­SEUM. Mel­bourne Mu­seum is the largest mu­seum com­plex in the south­ern hemi­sphere and draws on the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and in­ter­pre­ta­tion meth­ods to give vis­i­tors a mem­o­rable in­sight into the na­tion’s flora, fauna, cul­ture and way of life. In­cor­po­rat­ing the ad­ja­cent World Her­itage­listed Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing, Mel­bourne Mu­seum cov­ers the nat­u­ral and phys­i­cal sci­ences as well as so­cial his­tory and cul­tures.

11 Ni­chol­son Street, Carl­ton. Daily 10am–5pm. Adults $14, con­ces­sions and chil­dren (up to 16 years) free. Ad­di­tional charges may ap­ply for spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions. 13 11 02. mu­se­umvic­to­ria.com.au/ mel­bourne­mu­seum

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Flin­ders Street Sta­tion. Photo: Roberto Seba/visit Vic­to­ria.

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